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My Turn: Why we really celebrate Memorial Day

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It's kind of sad, but for most people Memorial Day only means the start of the summer vacation season or maybe a day off work and a long weekend. 

It was first known as Decoration Day and it originated following the Civil War to commemorate the soldiers who had died in that specific war.  Later the observances were extended to honor fallen veterans of all wars.   And in some parts of this country it traditionally marks the time of year to visit and decorate the graves of deceased relatives, whether they served in the military or not.

Now I know you've probably got a lot going on this weekend.  I do too.  But let's try to at least take a few minutes to honor and remember those who have passed on, especially our fallen veterans.  You can still watch the Indy 500 and enjoy family gatherings and beach outings.  But taking in a Memorial Day observance, like the one at the National Cemetery on Monday morning or at the Battleship on Monday evening, could really make your weekend more meaningful.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com

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